NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Health care heroes took a knee in solidarity with protesters Tuesday in Union Square.

Doctors and nurses from Mount Sinai Hospital held hands and chanted against police brutality in the middle of 14th Street.

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CBS2’s Ali Bauman later heard from one nurse who said she wants to see the NYPD form stronger bonds in the communities they serve.

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“They have to give the kids a reason to look up to them, because right now they’re just afraid,” said Donna Joyner.

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Union Square has been a main staging area for protesters downtown.